How to budget when travelling

You want to travel but don’t have a massive budget or looking to save while travelling. Then you are in the right place.

Travel is an amazing opportunity for anyone with how small your budget not stopping you from seeing the world, with travelling on a budget growing and more options making it more accessible than ever, with the bonus of saving on one trip giving you more to spend on another.

In this post I will be sharing my favourite tips for travelling on a budget, how to cut costs and have free days outs helping you travel for longer and to more places!

1. Stick to your budget

For any trip having a budget for the trip overall and splitting that into a daily budget will be a massive help. More importantly, sticking to that budget and where possible spending less than your daily budget will save you so much.

2. Choosing the destination

Some places in the world are naturally more expensive than others so checking out exchange rates for your home currency will help with working out which country is cheaper for you as well as reading what a range of bloggers has to say about the cost of different destinations.

3. Travel during off season

Travelling off-season is such an easy wa to travel on a budget with flights and accommodation being cheaper you may even find the cost of some activities are cheaper as well during offseason allowing you to travel for longer at a lower cost. You will also find that it isn’t as busy during the off-season too

Hiking in the French Pyrenees

4. Travel hand Luggage  

If you can pack light then this is a massive way to save cost, cutting down on checked-in luggage now only means that you get around quicker in airports thanks to less waiting and queuing but save you money

5. Travel Insurance

While it may cost a lot at first it will defiantly save you money in the long run when you come to needing and using it (plus this is something you should always have when travelling aboard)

6. Watch out for tourist traps

Going to the most tourist areas means that prices are high, going to the streets next to the tourist ones can save you loads! Especially on food and drinks when out and about, this is the same for tours making your own can save you money

7. Stay in Hostels

Staying in hostels is cheaper than hotels and staying in dorms is a great way to meant other travellers as well as those who are likely travelling on a budget same as you.

8. Travel overnight

 This usual way to save money also saves you daylight. An overnight bus or train will be cheaper than a nights accommodation but also means that you don’t waste a day travelling waking up in a new place ready to explore.

9. Eating out

Doing this every once in a while is fine of course but doing it too much can eat into your budget, packing your lunch to take with you on days out and staying at hostels with a kitchen is a good thing to look out for

10. Ask the locals

Finding the best places worth visiting from the locals can help in guiding where and how to spend your time in a typical destination they can also give you an idea to the cost of places (Visiting as many places for free as possible is a good way to travel while on a budget)

Coastline of Scottish Highlands

Hope this has helped you for your next budget trip as you navigate your way around the globe


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Thanks

Faye  

Tips for saving to travel

Everyone wants to travel but how do you afford it? 

There are many times I have looked at different travel nomad and wondered how? How did they save the money in the first place to travel? How do they keep funding the travel they do? How can I save the money to go travelling around the world when I am a student which as many people know means little to no money. 

Well, I have some good news it can be done so here are a few tips on what I have done to save money so that I can navigating around the world. 

1. Get a savings account

Sounds simple right? Most of us probably have a savings account which we put money into every now and then but having one for a specific reason and making sure to put money into every month with a target amount to save is something not everyone does.

This tip is one I did that helped so much I always saved the money from birthdays and Christmas growing up just to save but when I decided I wanted to travel I found that having one big pot of all my savings which I dipped in and out of for different things, left me feeling like I was getting nowhere so I searched different savings accounts till I found one right for me. Even went and had a meeting at the bank to make sure I was picking the right account for me. Set a target amount to save and from there did my best to put a set amount aside each month into this account.

2. Bring/make your own

The amount I saved as a student making my lunch the night was amazing. The smallest thing saved me so much money but was also a lot healthier than buying meal deals every day.

I also brought my reusable mug which saved in money on drinks but also would use to get free drinks. How? Well, I would ask for hot water which was usually free or a few pence then have my tea in a small pot in my bag. Between bringing my lunch and reusable mug for discounted or free drinks I would save around £4-£6 a day which does add up. 

3. Shop around

As a student, Aldi was where I always did my food shopping or at the local market but anything I needed outside of food shopping I would shop around for it on any website I could think of looking for the cheapest price as well a using any discount apps to further save me money. It took more time but was worth it when I had more I could put towards my savings.

Also asking myself if I needed what it is I am buying helped as well the number of times I went to buy something I didn’t need or realised that fixing something or even getting second hand was just as good not only saved me money but helped the planet a little a lot the way which can’t be a bad thing at all. 

4. Have a goal amount

When saving I found giving myself a target of the amount I wanted to save in a certain amount of time helped.

Making sure the target it realistic as well is important I simply took the amount I wanted to save and the amount I could save each month then gave myself saving targets each month of the amount I will put into my travel fund account and if I was able to save more in one month would give myself a small reward.

Knowing that when I hit that target I can go on that trip and seeing that goal get closer and closer help so much when I was feeling down and that I would never be able to save enough to travel.

5. Don’t be hard on yourself

Life isn’t perfect things happen, stuff comes up. When they do don’t be hard on yourself I would be lying if I said that I perfectly saved the target amount for each month. They were times where my car needed to be fixed or I needed to get new trainers, a birthday gift I forgot about which meant I saved less that month.

I was annoyed because I didn’t hit my target but I didn’t give up and go on a mad shopping spree as I really would be bad at square one I just saved best I could that month and knew next month I just needed to get back on target.

Hope these few tips are helpful and you with your saving targets whatever they may be.

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